Raining 5G in #DataMustFall South Africa

South Africa has some of the highest prices in the world. Willem Roos’ Rain intends to change that. He charges US$3.50 per gigabyte with no minimum or unlimited offpeak for US$18 (except 6 pm to 11 pm). It has 2,500 towers with LTE, most with fibre backhaul, heading to 5,000 fairly soon.

Learning from Jio and Free Italy, Willem Roos’ Rain charges US$3.50 per gigabyte with no minimum or unlimited offpeak for US$18 (except 6 pm to 11 pm). It has 2,500 towers with LTE, most with fibre backhaul, heading to 5,000 fairly soon. Rain & Huawei have started upgrading radios in Jo’burg to 5G and intend to cover the major cities rapidly.

Lower prices make sense if your operation is efficient. New wireless networks are dramatically cheaper to run than older ones. Lee Hicks at Verizon is replacing most of its transport network, seeing 50% savings in the first year, and predicting the savings will go to 80%.  Reliance Jio is destroying everyone else in India because they have a new network with much lower costs. 

#DataMustFall is a citizen campaign demanding affordable Internet.

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